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A Box of Them Would Be So Nice…

January 30, 2012

It’s that time of year again. No, not Valentine’s Day.  Or Mardi Gras.  Or even Oscar season (although I do *love* the Oscars). 

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time. 

This time of year always has me singing the “Cookie Time” song from Troop Beverly Hills:


I know, I know—they were “Wilderness Girls,” not Girl Scouts.  But really—does it get much better than the “Cookie Time” song? 

I peddled  my fair share of thin mints, samoas, and tag-alongs back in the day.  I never made it to Girl Scout status, but even as a lowly Brownie, I understood the powerful allure of those colorful little boxes. 

And when I say little, I mean LITTLE.  As in, I-can-go-through-10-boxes-in-2-days, little.  When are they going to start super-sizing those bad boys? 

Samoas were always, and still are, my personal favorite.  Shortbread, chocolate, caramel—what’s not to love? 

Hello, lover.

When we were invited to our friends’ house for dinner on Saturday night, I was browsing Pinterest and found a few recipes for homemade Samoas.  Girl Scout cookies won’t be for sale in our area for another couple of weeks, so I figured—what better time to experiment with a little homemade Samoa action, right in my own kitchen?

And I’m soooooo glad I did.  Here’s the recipe for Samoa knockoffs…although I have to say, these might even be BETTER than the original.  I know, I know—blasphemy. 

Homemade Samoas:


1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. vanilla

3 cups coconut

1 bag (about 14 oz) chewy caramel squares (Brach’s, etc.), unwrapped

1/4 tsp. salt

3 tbsp. milk (I used almond milk and it worked great)

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Pre-heat oven to 350

To make the shortbread base, cream together the butter and sugar in a standing mixer.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt, and add it to the butter mix slowly.  Add vanilla.  A soft dough should form.

Roll the dough out on a floured surface, flouring the dough ball and rolling pin as well (dough will be kind of sticky).  I worked in about three batches, rolling it out to 1/4 inch thick each time.  You can make the cookie shake in a traditional Samoa shape using round cutters, or use any other shaped cookie cutter you’d like (I used hearts, as a symbol of my love for Samoas :-)).

Place cut-out cookies on a lightly-greased or non-stick cookie sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes—they should be firm but not yet browning.

Remove baked cookies from oven and place on cooling racks.

While cookies are baking and cooling, toast the coconut in a skillet.  This will only take about 2-3 minutes—watch carefully so that it doesn’t burn!  You can see in the pictures that mine burnt just a bit—but it still tasted great.

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine caramel squares, salt and milk.  Heat in microwave for 3-4 minutes in 1-minute intervals, stirring in between intervals.  Stir until smooth and combined.  Add coconut to caramel mix and stir until combined.

Once cookies are fairly cool, drop caramel mixture on top of the shortbread, using your hands to press the mixture down.  This step is fairly messy—the caramel/coconut mix can be a bit unmanageable—just keep working with it! I found that spraying my fingertips with a bit of non-stick cooking spray helped me to wrangle the caramel.

Once caramel/coconut mix has been placed on all of the cookies, melt the chocolate chips.  Using a piping bag or ziplock bag with the end snipped off, pipe a chocolate drizzle over each cookie.

Voila!! Homemade Samoas! Here are some pictures from the process:





It was a pretty involved cookie-making process…but totally worth it.  These cookies were awesome.  Plus, come on—how cute are these?!?




I might set up a competing table selling my own cookies when the Girl Scouts roll into town this year.   Run those girls right out of business, Red Feather-style. 

Have a great Monday!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2012 7:51 pm

    Loved samoas and thin mints. YUM. Those look so cute.

  2. January 30, 2012 7:53 pm

    Somoas are my favorite, too! These cookies are gorgeous, Anna.

  3. January 30, 2012 8:37 pm

    Oh my gosh Anna, I’ll take a plate of these please! While thin mints and those lemon ones were good, Samoas always had my heart. Definitely bookmarking this for a rainy day.

  4. January 30, 2012 8:52 pm

    How fun! They came out awesome! We ordered a few boxes from our neighbor

  5. January 30, 2012 9:20 pm

    We love samoas and yours are even cuter than the original! ^^ I love the heart shapes – and just be sure to make your own little girl scout outfit when you bring out the artillery. hehe

  6. January 30, 2012 9:33 pm

    omg wow.

    ive seen recipes floating around for them and about 3 yrs ago made raw/vegan/gf ones in my dehydrator (took 3 days!) and they weren’t even that good…

    these look so awesome. over the weekend i was at the groc store trying to buy caramels for another recipe i want to make and my groc store only carries caramels during fall apple!

  7. January 30, 2012 9:46 pm

    These are beautiful! WOW! I haven’t had samoas in years…I was fine with that until now! Have to deal with that now…

    Seriously, amazing Anna!

  8. January 30, 2012 10:27 pm

    These look amazing and tasty! Must try a vegan version! 🙂

  9. January 30, 2012 10:49 pm

    IMPRESSIVE!!! Wow! My faves are always the shortbreads…yum!

  10. January 31, 2012 1:49 am

    OMG i’m drooling! I want.

  11. Kev permalink
    January 31, 2012 2:22 am

    Oh Troop Beverly Hills! Some of Jenny Lewis’s best work.

    Samoas all the way.

  12. January 31, 2012 3:15 am

    OMG. This is BRILLIANT. Making these soon!!

  13. January 31, 2012 3:30 am

    I love Girl Scout cookie time! Mine are always delivered right after I give up sweets for Lent. This recipe is perfect because I can beat the start of Lent 🙂 And, I love that they’re heart shaped. I’m such a sucker for little Valentine’s touches.

  14. January 31, 2012 6:15 pm

    These are my favorite too! And I saw that recipe, but I got scared away with the labor involved haha. I think I’ll save the effort and pay the $3.50 but yours look delish! And so cute!

  15. Elizabeth permalink
    February 2, 2012 3:15 am

    The Thompson and Lowe girls are selling girl scout cookies. Give them a call!

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